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Witness claims 4,846 results sheets not approved by Mec

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) sixth and last witness in the election case Daud Suleman Thursday told the Constitutional Court that 4,846 result sheets had not been approved when Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah, announced results of the May 21 tripartite elections.

“At the time the Mec chairperson announced the results, there were 4,846 result sheets that were unapproved. In a normal data processing environment, changing those two parallel [the one he demonstrated in court] should have given us a zero because processing the tally sheets would have moved from A to Z. This is evidence of manipulation of the data base,” he said.

Suleman also said what counsel representing President Peter Mutharika, Frank Mbeta, told the court that 448 people used the Mec system was wrong.

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“As it stands, the Result Management System (RMS) at the time the Mec chairperson had made an announcement, 34 people used the system across Malawi and not 448 as Counsel Mbeta represented on Wednesday, that was a wrong presentation,’’ he said.

During Suleman’s re-examination, nine objections were made by Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing Mec.

Among other things, Kaphale objected that the witness should be re-examined on the issue of the ghost user alleged to have approved results in the Mec system. Kaphale argued that he did not cross-examine his witness on the issue of the ghost user hence no need for him to be re-examined on that.

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One of the judges hearing the case Ivy Kamanga told the AG to bring his queries in his submission.

Later in the re-examination process, Kaphale also stood on objection saying Suleman is bringing new evidence in the court.

Judge Ivy Kamanga again told Kaphale to allow Suleman to demonstrate his evidence in the court stressing the AG should bring his queries in his submissions.

Senior Counsel Mordecai Msisha, who is representing MCP, finished re-examining Suleman around 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

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